maximum

noun
max·​i·​mum | \ ˈmak-s(ə-)məm How to pronounce maximum (audio) \
plural maxima\ ˈmak-​sə-​mə How to pronounce maxima (audio) \ or maximums\ ˈmak-​s(ə-​)məmz How to pronounce maximums (audio) \

Definition of maximum

1a : the greatest quantity or value attainable or attained
b : the period of highest, greatest, or utmost development
2 : an upper limit allowed (as by a legal authority) or allowable (as by the circumstances of a particular case)
3 : the largest of a set of numbers specifically : the largest value assumed by a real-valued continuous function defined on a closed interval

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Other Words from maximum

maximum adjective

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Examples of maximum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Abbott, a Republican, announced last week that each county could have a maximum of one drop-off site for absentee ballots during the early-voting period that starts Oct. 13. Megan Henney, Fox News, "Texas governor faces third lawsuit over limit on mail ballot drop-off sites," 7 Oct. 2020 Groups will be separated by at least 6 feet, and the theater will have a maximum of 25 percent capacity. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "A.D. Players at the George Theater set to host live performance with fans," 1 Oct. 2020 Aesthetic had a maximum of 10 points: first-impression looks (5 points); multiple colors available (5 points). Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The best single-serve coffee makers of 2020," 25 Sep. 2020 In 2018, the world’s leading climate scientists warned the world had to take drastic action within 12 years to slow the rate of global warming and keep it at a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius. Erin Stone, The Arizona Republic, "From hero to zero: Arizona was a leader in climate policy 15 years ago. What happened?," 25 Sep. 2020 In Illinois, the current guidelines stipulate that movie theaters can have a maximum of 50 patrons, or 50% of an auditorium’s overall capacity for spaces that seat fewer than 50. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "Commentary: ’Unhinged’ was first wide-release since the shutdown. More movies are coming to theaters. But is it safe?," 26 Aug. 2020 Short-term rentals (under 31 days) could still be banned, and HOAs are permitted to have a rental maximum of 25 percent. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Proposed law would override HOA self-determination," 8 Aug. 2020 Barnette will oversee the state's busiest judicial district, which has a maximum of 63 judges and saw 460,000 cases last year. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, "Hennepin County's first chief judge of color takes helm at unprecedented time," 28 July 2020 Teams try to socially distance and wear masks, and pit crews are only allowed to have a maximum of nine members. Andy Yamashita, The Denver Post, "Racing returns to Colorado National Speedway, where “what’s normal is not normal”," 7 July 2020

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First Known Use of maximum

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for maximum

Latin, neuter of maximus biggest — more at maxim

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The first known use of maximum was in 1663

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19 Oct 2020

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“Maximum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maximum. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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maximum

noun
How to pronounce maximum (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of maximum

: the highest number or amount that is possible or allowed

maximum

noun
max·​i·​mum | \ ˈmak-sə-məm How to pronounce maximum (audio) \
plural maxima\ -​sə-​mə \ or maximums

Kids Definition of maximum

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the highest value : greatest amount We had to pay the maximum.

maximum

adjective

Kids Definition of maximum (Entry 2 of 3)

: as great as possible in amount or degree We work with maximum efficiency.

maximum

adverb

Kids Definition of maximum (Entry 3 of 3)

: at the most … it will only take her two minutes—maximum—to get home.— Betsy Byars, The Computer Nut

maximum

noun
max·​i·​mum | \ ˈmak-s(ə-)məm How to pronounce maximum (audio) \
plural maxima\ -​sə-​mə How to pronounce maxima (audio) \ or maximums

Medical Definition of maximum

1a : the greatest quantity or value attainable or attained
b : the period of highest, greatest, or utmost development
2 : an upper limit allowed (as by a legal authority) or allowable (as by the circumstances of a particular case)

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maximum adjective

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